Views sought on proposed new, health-focussed city quarter

A NEW city quarter that is seeking to become a “vibrant, mixed-use neighbourhood of Edinburgh, centred around a world-leading community of healthcare innovators” has launched an online consultation, seeking public views about it.

Says Edinburgh BioQuarter (here) – which is planned for around the site of the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, in the south-east of the city – it has already seen £400m invested into its ambitions to be at the heart of world-leading health-related research and practice.

With a further £800m worth of development expected over the coming years.

As well as being home to the RIE, EdinburghBioQuarter hosts the University of Edinburgh Medical School and Centre for Regenerative Medicine, alongside a number of medical research institutes and life sciences businesses. 

And, says a media release posted by The City of Edinburgh Council (here): “The ambition is that BioQuarter will grow to a community of more than 20,000 people who will live, work or study at the 167-acre site.

“The expansion will support an estimated 9,000 longer-term new jobs, plus additional construction jobs, while greatly expanding the numbers of spin-out and start-up companies.

“BioQuarter’s partners – The City of Edinburgh Council, NHS Lothian, Scottish Enterprise, and the University of Edinburgh – are updating their existing masterplan to include a wider mix of uses, including an increase in residential and commercial properties planned at the site. 

The release adds: “Proposals featured as part of the online consultation include the construction of shops, cafés, a gym, hotel, nursery and residential homes set alongside state-of-the-art innovation, teaching and healthcare facilities.”

It continues: “Over the last two decades, Edinburgh BioQuarter has played a pivotal role in Scotland’s successes in the life sciences sector, which has a turnover in excess of £6.5bn and employs over 41,000 people.”

The consultation ends on the 15th of next month and is being held online because of the lockdown response to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Take part, here.

The story is picked up by the website, ScottishConstructionNow, here, The Herald newspaper’s Brian Donnelly, here, and the Edinburgh Evening News newspaper, here.

Image courtesy of Edinburgh BioQuarter

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